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What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out?

<b>THE SITUATION:</b> <b>You used to weight train like crazy, but for the past several months, all you’ve fit in is a few sessions a week on the treadmill.</b> <b><br>THE EFFECT ON YOUR BOD:</b> In this case, your aerobic health should be in good shape, though you may notice that your strength and muscle tone have diminished …

What Makes a Great Sled Dog? Breed, Ambition, Tough Feet

A mixed heritage gives sled dogs their love of running, a desire to work, and a need for wild places.<p>Like many top athletes, Sultana trains hard and has no time for the shenanigans of younger teammates. But you won’t find her in a stadium. Sultana is a sled dog born and bred to work in the …

Tracey Thorn takes the slow train to Innsbruck, Austria

The singer-songwriter is soothed by the rock and lull of Europe’s railways en route to Austria<p>• Competition: win a camper van holiday in Spain<p>Travel pieces tend to be written by daredevils, the type who, when asked if they fancy a trip on a raft up the Limpopo, cry, “Not half!” and grab a …

European Travel

The Right Bangs for Every Face Shape

Should you go thick and blunt or soft and side-swept? Plus, check out all the past #BeautySchool columns.<p><b>Question:</b> Which bangs best flatter each face shape?<p><b>Answer:</b> Say what you will about winter and its not-so-great effects on your skin, there's one thing the season is great for: bangs. No …

10 Designer Bags Every Woman Should Own

Because collecting handbags is arguably an art form.<p>Collecting handbags, when done well, can arguably be considered an art form. In homage to that, here are the 10 bags every woman should have in her closet— get your check list started.

'The Hobbit' wins box office over tough competition

“Unbroken,” “Into the Woods” and the final “Hobbit” film gave Hollywood something to be merry about over Christmas weekend.<p>The success of these films and the staying power of “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “Annie” was surprising given that this holiday season faced unprecedented …

20 Concealer Hacks Every Woman Should Know

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, life-changing ways to cover under-eye circles, blemishes, and more.<p><b>1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.</b><p>If you apply your foundation first, you'll find that you don't need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer …

Makeup

Fashion companies just got caught labeling real fur “faux”—again

For several seasons now, fur has been fashionable on city sidewalks, turning up as trims and linings for hooded parkas, boots, and hats. As the anti-fur movement also continues to gather steam, lots of that fur is fake, made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and acrylic, and dyed to match the …

Clothing

These pollution-fighting mushrooms eat plastic, and you can eat them

Feeling guilty about all the plastic you’ve been throwing out, and what it’s doing to the environment? Well it might soon be possible to eat that guilt away—or at least, eat some plastic.<p>That’s what a recent contraption from Livin Studio makes possible. Designers partnered with scientists at …

TED Talks

Here's What Science Taught Us About Love This Year

Photo: Getty Images<p>Love is complicated; it doesn't take a Facebook status or a scientific study to confirm that. Still, psychologists try to make a little more sense of the L-word for our benefit, and what follows is a recap of their findings this year. Brace yourself, because it's extensive, …

10 Lies Fashion Girls Tell

"I have nothing to wear!"<p><b>1. These shoes are so comfortable.</b> Your feet are covered in blisters but you'd rather go down in flames than admit that your gorgeous shoes are killing you slowly. Is there anywhere to sit down…?<p><b>2. I don't follow trends.</b> <i>*Googles 'How to get Cara Delevingne's eyebrows, then</i> …

8 Reasons to Choose Travel Over Going to College

Remember what our generation was told growing up? "Go to college and get a degree, you'll then be able to get a good job." I think it's safe to say those days are over.<p>While there are certain professions where a degree is a must (Doctor, lawyer, nurse, etc.) there are many that don't require one. …

11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014

From groundbreaking new drugs to doctor-assisted suicide, 2o14 was full of historic moments that are bound to play on in a big way throughout 2015 …

Breast Cancer

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

The Best Waterproof Shoes to Keep Your Feet Dry

Don't let unexpected showers ruin your day.<p>Now that we're entering a time of shifting weather forecasts, it's a good idea to think about how you're going to keep your feet dry when the deluge hits. You don't want to be the guy at the office nursing a bad case of trench foot. And you also don't want …

Shoes

Unique Engagement Ring Box Pirouettes the Ring Like a Blooming Flower

Marriage proposals can be scary, even if you know that the other person will say yes. How and where you'll ask is always a factor, as well as where to hide the ring. After all, it'd be tragic if it were discovered beforehand. A slimline engagement ring box called <i>Clifton</i> solves this potential …

Engagement Rings

A Specific Form Of Baldness Linked To Aggressive Prostate Cancer

A new study found that men with moderate baldness in the front and crown at age 45 had about a 40 percent increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than men with no baldness at that age.<p>In the study, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology yesterday, researchers analyzed …

Scents of Style

Fragrances are the beauty-world version of ensemble films—it’s all about the mix. Like a good director, a perfumer brings together a cast of familiar players (think neroli and rose absolue rather than Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to create a scent that is fresh and unique. But sometimes, …

Lady Kinvara Balfour reveals her Fashion Week essentials

Ebola outbreak: 'Even worse than I'd feared'

"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country.<p>"The sooner the world …

Gentle Laser Hair Removal That Can Treat Every Skin Tone

<i>Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world. Here, she's dishing on a laser hair removal that's perfect for engaged girls in search of a</i> …

Good Enough to Eat

Your Guide to Must-Have Fall Makeup

Get gorgeous with these lip, eye, and cheek trends<p>Get gorgeous with these lip, eye, and cheek trends.<p>Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D

The Sexiest Sandals of Summer

10 sexy summer sandals to wear before the season turns.<p>While Birkenstocks and chunky-soled shoes have undoubtedly taken the spotlight this season, there's something about the barely-there ankle strap sandal that is totally irresistible. Perhaps it's their power to make legs look sexier in an …

Charting: 10 Ankle Boots For the New Season

Whether flat, platform, studded or see-through—there's an ankle boot out there for every taste.<p>Whether flat, platform, studded or suede—there's an ankle boot out there for every taste. Shop our picks for the chicest booties to try this season. Plus, shop 2015's best ankle boots.<p>Courtesy …

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Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

'Big Bang Theory' contract talks stall production

Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.<p>Warner Bros. Television, which shares a parent company with CNN, has confirmed that because of "ongoing contract negotiations," production on "The Big Bang Theory's" eighth season has been postponed. It was …

Perfecting Pairings: 6 Sets of Matching Accessories

Shop these chic color-coordinated accessories for work or play.<p>While we firmly believe you don't <i>need</i> to match your bag to your shoes, as one of the old fashion myths suggests, we couldn't help but be inspired by the way Taylor Swift recently styled her bright sundress with a matching kelly green …